PULWAMA ATTACK | NIA arrests 2 more persons

The National Investigation Agency Friday arrested two more persons in 2019 Pulwama attack case in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

The probe agency identified the arrested persons as: Waizul Islam, 19, son of Ghulam Haider Ganai of Bagh-e-Mehtab, Srinagar, and Muhammad Abbas Rather, 32, son of Mohd Ramzan Rather of Hakripora, Pulwama.

NIA spokesman said: “During the initial interrogation accused Waizul Islam disclosed that he had used his Amazon online shopping account to procure chemicals for making IEDs, batteries and other accessories on the directions of the Pakistani JeM militants.”

“He (Waizul Islam) personally delivered the items to the JeM militants after procuring the incriminating material online as a part of the conspiracy to carry out the Pulwama attack,” he added.

The probe agency spokesman claimed that accused Muhammad Abbas Rather was an old Over-Ground Worker (OGW) of JeM. “He has disclosed that he gave shelter at his home to Jaish militant Muhammad Umar (IED expert) after Umar came to Kashmir in April-May 2018,” he said.

The spokesman said: “Further, he also harboured JeM militant Adil Ahmad Dar, Sameer Ahmed Dar and Kamran (Pakistani) at his house a number of times in the run up to the Pulwama attack.”

He said Abbas also facilitated safe shelter for the JeM militants including the suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar and others at the house of the accused Tariq Ahmed Shah and his daughter Insha Jan of Hakripora, Pulwama, who have already been arrested earlier this month.

“The two accused shall be produced before the NIA Special Court at Jammu on Saturday,” he said adding further investigation in the case is on.

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